About Acupuncture

How does Acupuncture work?

According to Traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the balanced flow of vital energy (Qi) in the body. Illness arises from either an imbalance or blockage of Qi. The flow of Qi can be affected by many different factors, such as stress, anxiety, pent up feelings and emotions, diet, overwork, living conditions, infection and injury. Pain and illness are signs that the body is out of balance.

In Chinese Medicine a balanced flow of Qi is often likened to a clear, flowing river, whose movement is undisturbed throughout its course. Should this flow become affected through drought, flood or pollutants, then changes occur which may well threaten the river's integrity, its course, its inhabitants.
Similarly in the body when the flow of Qi gets obstructed or affected, symptoms and illness results.

In the body Qi flows through a interconnected web of rivers, streams and pools. This network, comparable to a river delta, is know as the meridian system. There are 12 principle meridians, linking the internal organs and connecting to different parts of the body. Qi concentrates at certain areas of the skin surface and an acupuncturist accesses the energy by inserting hair fine needles into these acupuncture points thereby effecting the internal functions of the body and mind. Needles can either be left in or taken out immediately after insertion.

From a scientific perspective needling acupuncture points is seen to stimulate the central nervous system and through this a release of chemicals into the body reduces our experience of pain and influences the body's own internal regulating system.

What are the benefits?

What makes this system so uniquely suited to modern life is that the physical, emotional and mental aspects of our experience are seen as interdependent, and reflect what many people perceive as the connection between the different aspects of their lives.

The focus in on the individual, not their illness, and all the symptoms are seen in relation to each other. Each patient is unique and therefore two people with the same western diagnosis may well receive different acupuncture treatment and health advice.

Because acupuncture is holistic it targets the root causes of ill health rather than just the symptoms. Therefore benefits frequently include more than just relief from a particular condition. Treatment improves overall well-being including increased energy levels, better quality of sleep and better digestion. Immediately after treatment people often feel a greater sense of relaxation and ease within themselves which is frequently accompanied with a relief in the particular problem they've come with.

What happens?

During your fist visit I will need to gain a thorough understanding of your main complaint and general lifestyle. This involves asking you questions about the particular details of your  general health and talking about your medical history, your lifestyle, diet and digestion, sleeping pattern and emotional well being. We will also talk about any other personal issues going on in your life and current situation. You might feel that some questions appear unrelated to your condition but the information you give me will help me form a complete picture of what is going on for you. I will then also take your pulse on both wrists and examine your tongue which will give me another way in to understanding the deeper energetic imbalance.

With all this information I will then make a diagnosis and put together a treatment plan for you, which will include lifestyle and dietary advice as well as acupuncture.

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